Erasing Differences for the Sake of Inclusion

1. As Santiago said,

"Casting racial discrimination as exclusively an issue of skin color makes it challenging for students to move beyond a racial binary paradigm. "

What other issues can be considered a part of racial discrimination?

2. Why were Mexicans considered "white", yet forced to go to other schools?

3. In the text, Santiago gave numerous examples of students both modifying and maintaining the narrative of the Mendez case. In a classroom, how can you acknowledge the problems with maintaining problematic narratives in texts, yet maintain their trust in historical texts?

4. Did the outcome of the Mendez case solve the issue of segregation in California? If it did how so? If not, why?

Response answers to Asher

1. The two interpretations of the court case are that Mexican's are considered white, so therefore no legal segregation based on race has happened, while the other interpretation says that due to some of the difficulties some mexicans had with the english language, they could put those students into other schools. They create a paradox of segregation that isn't based on race.

2. Some of the false facts included in this is this discussion is that the Mendez case solved segregation of schools for Mexicans and all over California, when in reality segregation was ended via a legislative action, and the court case didn't end overall segregation in the state.

3. The most common narrative that is presented in classrooms today that has to deal with non-"white" or non-"black" populaces is the assumptions that Native Americans were passive, unwilling to change, and were simplistic. Many texts fail to flesh out any stories pertaining to Native-American descent and simply tell them to be simple people who are constantly in the way of American continental growth.

4. As an educator, much of what we teach and what has been taught to us is presented not in an optimistic or gloomy sense, but as a stepping stone for future change. Once i become an educator, i want to continue that train of thought, and add some more practicality to what is taught. Lessons that explain how we got to today, as well as preparing kids on how to research should be the norm.